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Jan 22, 2019

No Victimization under ComPol Chester Williams’ Leadership

Chester Williams

In his exit speech last week, former ComPol Allen Whylie spoke about the undermining of his authority and the rivalry within the department. Whylie ranted that the media and the Opposition had worked against him leading up to his abrupt departure from the force. ComPol Williams says he is taking a new approach to unite the department to award promotions based on merit.


Chester Williams, ComPol

“The first task as the commissioner of police is to ensure that I unify the department; there must be unity amongst us if we truly want to achieve the goal of reducing crime. And so there should be no cliques within the department; we speak with one voice. And yes there might have been issues in the past among officers and as the Commissioner of Police, I must ensure that I rise above petty issues. If I cannot do that, then I cannot be a leader. And so I want to sound it, as I have said to my officers before, that under my administration, there will be no victimization. I have been a victim of victimization and it was not a nice feeling. And so I don’t want anybody to endure what I had to endure when I was a victim of circumstances. And so I will ensure that every officer gets what is due to them. And as I said to them this morning, when it comes to promotions, it is not about who are my friends or who I know.  Promotions should be based on merits and officers’ ability to be able to get the job done. If we really and truly want to ensure that we tackle our crime problem, we must ensure that we put the right officers in the right place where they belong where they’ll be able to function to their fullest.”


We’ll have more from the Commissioner later in the newscast.

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